Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki
Author: Shiina Howahowa
If I’m going through the trouble to make it, it might as well be a good item
Now that I’m going to be making a long bow, first I must practice making long bows.
That said, bows aren’t all that different, and yesterday I got to personally take and study the form of Ayame-san’s bow, which is huge. I should be able to progress faster than if I were making a staff.
Anyway, I took several of the worst quality wood from the forest area closest to Faust to use for practice. The wood from the trees that grow around the Nexia area that I’ll be using for the real deal is way too scarce for me to take, so since I have one shot with whatever amount I have on hand, it’s necessary to practice to draw up the blueprint.
First I’ll do it roughly.
Of course the quality is 1 or 2, but right now my main priority is just to memorize how to make the size and shape of the longbow regardless.
I intended to spend all of today’s login time hammering out this learning part, but.
After around 30 minutes of continuous crafting, quality 4, once in a while 5, began making an appearance.
With the quality becoming good, I compared it to the screenshots of Ayame-san’s bow from yesterday and adjusted the shape and balance.
In another 30 minutes, taking 1 hour total since I started crafting, I somehow made one longbow with quality 7.
As expected of longbow; the firepower is already more or less there, even though it’s something made from the absolute worse material. Because of that, the largeness makes it difficult to handle, though.
Alright, let’s leave that there; so I don’t forget the feel, let’s try and make a few more. Just when I was thinking that.
“Um, are you selling that bow?”
That voice called out to me. When I turned my head, a male player holding a bow was there.
“My bad, but this longbow was just made for practice, so it’s a longbow that only has Atk 18. You’d be better off buying the longbows already out on the market.”
When I said that, “I see, sorry for bothering you,” he took his leave.
So there are people who go directly to the crafting stations to buy stuff… Hoping to get a discount before it gets put out on the street stalls …?
Thinking that it doesn’t matter, I shake the thoughts from my head 2, 3 times and began production again.
Next I interpose some hard wood on hand that I haven’t used up from the forest area on the right and left; I’m picturing the composite bow using various wood that I made in the past. This should be common throughout the bow family.
Shaving it done, polishing the joints, form it into the shape of a bow … I experienced the frustration in the past, so maintaining the durability and balance is something that is firmly inputted into my head and hands.
Prototype Composite Longbow
Fumu, my experience in making longbows was insufficient, so improving it caused the quality to drop, huh? But, if I focus on this and get it to quality 8, then it might stack up to Atk +30, I bet. Come to think of it, it’s about time to go to sleep today, so I’ll continue tomorrow.
And so, the next day.
Going out to the forest and getting my hands on some wood, I’m going to start by carefully working on all the fine details of the Prototype Composite Longbow I made yesterday in order to raise the quality.
I reinforced the joints, reviewed the balance, and revised the bow’s overall form again and again.
Prototype Composite Longbow
Alright! I make a very, very small guts! Pose. With this I can finally move on to the next step. That next step is to hollow out 2 ellipse-shaped grooves in the front of the bow.
The upper half of these elliptically-shaped grooves are so I can attach 2 pieces of Light Metal by embedding where it joins in, so even without encasing the bow, I can make use of Light Metal’s stretching.
Of course the amount compared to wrapping it is less so the effectiveness will probably fall, but I will do the best I can with the amount of Light Metal I have.
After texturing the grooves, in order to manufacture Light Metal to meet the depth and length of the grooves, and to test the union of the two, I head over to the Forge and toss in my last Light Metal ingot I have into the forge to soften it.
There I pour it into a mold; it was made so the bottom is the ellipse, the top is flat and long like a pole.
I can’t afford to fail; I don’t have anymore materials, after all.
After some time I check to make sure it’s hardened.
Taking it out of the mold, I insert them into each of the two grooves in the composite bow I brought with me.
There’s some gaps so I hammer it flush, inset it, supported the joints with steel all up and down, and spacing it out, arranged the steel to reinforce the joints, wound thin steel wires tightly around it as reinforcement, and above that made it the grip for the bow.
Prototype Composite Longbow, with Light Metal Line Reinforcement
Quality 7, Durability Reduced.
It reached 38 in attack.
The durability reduction is because of the crudeness of the wood; it was probably unable to stand being remodeled so much, I bet.
But with the real deal being wood from around Nexia, since the words “Durability Reduced” didn’t even appear after the unreasonableness of the X-bow, there should be no problems.
Thin black wood on the sides, the center a white-colored wood, and from the center white wood, two light blue Light Metal Lines are inset vertically, and to secure that, steel is used as reinforcement; if you look from the middle of the bow, up and down to the two ends, where the bowstring is affixed is also reinforced with steel thread; that’s the kind of bow it is.
Even with the necessary increased weight, compared to my X-bow it’s worlds lighter; like this I suppose there’s no problems…
The real deal and the finishing touches are for tomorrow.
Today is finishing up the bow I’m actually selling. Yesterday, through trial and error, I was able to finish the Recipe. It’s just, the Light Metal rods are embedded in the main wood of the prototype, so I roughly cut them out.
Using a good piece of wood that I’ve left taken from around Nexia, I cut and fashion it according to the blueprint I managed to make with all the hardships up until now. The wood part is done first, and I check its condition.
Checking whether or not it has any weird sounds, whether there are gaps, and checking the bow’s front where the grooves the Light Metal I dug out will be inlaid; in order to reduce the material degradation, I smeared it with lacquer; this lacquer is something that’s recently being sold.
With the base of the bow done, next is the arrangement of the Light Metal and Steel.
After the lacquer dried, I insert the Light Metal, arrange the reinforcements, and establish the Steel parts that doubled as both reinforcement and bowstring-attachments at the bow’s tips.
I gilded the reinforcements with silver, finishing it to be more beautiful; though just a little bit, it eases the boorish-ness.
Like yesterday, I wound Steel thread tightly around the grip to reinforce it, and on top of that made the grip part that you would be directly touching.
The time it took to make it was long, but finally, it’s done.
Composite Longbow, Light Metal Line
The firepower has surpassed the lower half of the 40s. It’s at a level that’s more than enough for being used for the time being. With this, I’ve really used up all my Light Metal and the good wood I had on hand.
It feels like it’s gone from 80,000 to 150,000, but it won’t do to go back on what we agreed upon.
I’ll be selling it tomorrow; as expected, my mind is worn out, so today let’s sleep…
[Wind-Blown Hunting Bow]Lv16
[Small Shield]Lv 6
[Physical Ability Reinforcement]Lv32
[Fairy Language]Lv99 (Forced Acquisition) (Unable to be moved to Reserved Skills)
Titles Possessed: The One who Charmed Even the Fairy Queen, The One who Defeated a Great Foe Alone, Liberator, ???
Second Names: “Fairy King Candidate”(jealous), “Chef of the Battlefield-san”
A/N: It was just full of bow crafting.
<T/N: Thank you Calix and Ellipsis for you donations!
I AM trying to increase my speed, but suddenly a bunch of stuff happened… meh, there’s a lot of excuses, but just know that I do intend to work on this.>